Surfing in the City
The Eisbach Wave
For over 35 years the churning wall of water in the city centre has cast a magic spell not only on Munich surfers but also on pros from around the world. The wave is both loved and feared since only the best of the best can master it.
The Eisbach is one of Munich’s numerous brooks that usually traverse the city below ground. It surfaces at the Eisbach bridge at Prinzregentenstrasse, near the Haus der Kunst art gallery where it rushes for 2 km in an easterly direction through the English Garden, one of the largest city parks in the world.
A small dam and the brook’s abundance of water, fed by the Isar river, results in a so-called standing wave 1/2 m high and about 12 m wide. But this wave lasts forever.
Since April 2010 this action in the midst of town has been put on a legal basis. The documentary “Keep Surfing” describes the origin of river surfing in Munich and portrays past and present daredevils. The film was awarded the people’s choice award at the Munich Film Festival in 2009.
The experts dressed in their wet suits are invariably urged on by excited and awestruck spectators, every day, all year round, on hot summer days as well as during spells of freezing cold. A genuine surfers’ scene has successfully established itself and contributes another attraction to the city.